We Need to Ban Military Styled Guns


Jim Young

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 20: A student holds up her hands while taking part in National School Walkout Day to protest school violence on April 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Students from around the nation joined in the walkout against gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School where 13 people were killed. (Photo by Jim Young/Getty Images)

Sofia Treffiletti , Staffer

In the past 10 years, there have been over 180 school shootings with 356 victims as a result of automatic weapons. These weapons have been used in some of the most deadly shootings in U.S history. There are countless reasons why these weapons should not be available to the public. So why are we still selling them?

From 1999-2004 semiautomatic assault weapons were banned at a federal level, but now that law has been lifted. Now there is no federal law which makes automatic assault weapons prohibited to the public. Since that law was lifted a lot of havoc has occurred in public places such as, movie theaters, schools, churches, festivals and even just our city streets. These weapons were designed for the military, to kill fast and efficiently, they weren’t intended for the public to use and sell. Assault weapons have been the leading cause of seven of the most deadly mass shooting in the past decade. An analysis of public mass shootings which resulted of deaths, found that 85% of those mass shootings were caused by automatic assault weapons.

Even though there have been many deaths caused by automatic weapons, some families still feel safer with them near. However having these highly lethal weapons available to the public may causes many problems. To keep people safer, amongst the public. we should stop the import of these automatic weapons. We’ve seen more than enough loses and tragedy.